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Poster: Time Traveller Date: Jul 31, 2009 11:28am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Complexity and stupidity


"Keep It Simple Stupid" comes to mind.

Some volunteer has nothing better to do, but make out he is simplifying access to a web site by making it more complicated. Once he has fixed his perceived problem with the IA, he will use the fix to get himself a highly paid position elsewhere, such as the White House web site team.

I am going back to sleep, I might come back once things are fixed, I got no time to play games like the hackers and crackers.

Besides Gerry, your posting is based on everything I said about Flash and Java, which by the way, add security risk to everything you do on the WWW.

Its called catering to the lowest common denominator, the masses who are clueless about the WWW, the sort that are completely stuffed up if their multi button mouse runs away, I end up being called in, I am old enough to have used OSs prior to GUIs and mice.

Leave the bells and whistles for the masses that only ever download from the Archive, and leave our uploading user interface simple, for us, its just a tool towards adding content, just who wants all that chrome on a tool, that will get knocked around in use, chrome never made a sledge hammer any more useful.

I am sure Brewster agrees, and once we get his attention, he will get stuck in and give the IA web site designers a reboot up the backside.

BTW, its these same designers that also have the ability to hide our postings criticising them from being seen by Big Boss Brewser (Big Brother Brewster?) and do bad things to our accounts.

Have a day off Gerry.


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Poster: garthus Date: Jul 31, 2009 12:10pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Complexity and stupidity


:) :) :) Before I got my first PHD; I Had a plumbing and electrical business. Sometimes I think designers do not function in the real world as compared to the delusionary world of the sheeple often catered to by the media. I would like to get as much up on the archive before by body programs terminate and these changes do not make that job easier. They should hire us, actually I make more than enough money and would be willing to do it for free; that is to set up a system that works optimally. When I get home I will fix the problem on my machines, it is just aggravating when I explain in detail what the problem really is. Of course if the actual code they used for the interface was easily accessible before the change, it would have never happened. I guess the same applies for full text working erratically, the online reader not displaying all of the pages, and the spellchecker working on and off.

In my previous lifes work, that is before I became a Systems Administrator, the kind of work which I did would lead to very severe consequences if a mistake like the above was made. I am still here and intact after 57 years so it is evident that I never mmade those types of mistakes. When I taught at the University I always drilled into the students heads the idea that the work one does is part of their existence and should be done as if their life depended on it. This would produce better work and less wasting of valuable human resources. In actuality most technolgies as they are implemented today by our brain dead government officials and so-called organizational leaders often wastes more human resources that they save.

I value my time and dislike wasting it on crap just because some brain dead person thinks it looks good to do something a certain way. Just wish that more people would get it!!!


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Poster: Time Traveller Date: Jul 31, 2009 2:17pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Complexity and stupidity

yes Gerry

You are right, everybody (web designers) do things thats best for themselves, I bet thats all they have ever done.

Like you, I have worked in a number of industries, and once you have that experience, only then do you understand what time means, but you get these kids whom have ever played computer games, building web sites, they just don't understand that other people have different motivation, I talk about works of art, well such things include effeicictant, and not until these kids have to do some real work do they know what efficient design is.

If they got paid a percentage of the time, that a plain no frills IA web interface saves US, you can bet that we would get things uploaded the day before we even begin thinking about it.

The sun is sort of coming up here, my solar is on full charge, but it damn freezing. it must be good night for you.


Just noted, its 15 C outside 11 C inside, in other words, I need more of my keep going medication now. WHO states 17 C is healthy and our weather forecasters have said the next 3 months there is going to be a lot of wind. Why not you me fix the weather, should be easier than fixing the IA. I want 19 C 24/7, low wind, we wont need wind power for heating with 19 C 24/7